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Archived: Trinidad’s DJ Private Ryan Continues to Kill it, Delivering ‘Brainwash’ Awesomely in Toronto.

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The hype surrounding the name Private Ryan and his events that are now calendar staples around the world, is no joke. The latest news is that the Trinidad DJ’s first Soca Brainwash Toronto event held recently, was by all accounts, a tremendous success.

Soca Brainwash in the 6ix attracted patrons from various parts of Canada & the US.

A media release issued by the team, explained that  the event, which was originally set to take place at Toronto’s Bandshell Park had to be relocated to the Woodbine Mall parking lot on Rexdale Boulevard due to unforeseen circumstances. Dubbed a Soca Picnic, Ryan’s competent team had merely a couple days to relocate, transform a new location and execute a top notch event- which they did.

The day fete featured well stocked bars across the venue and while not advertised via mainstream mediums, Soca Brainwash Toronto was well attended. The smorgasbord of Caribbean cuisine included  BBQ & Jerk Chicken, Rice and Peas, Coleslaw and Doubles.

DJs for the event included the likes of Barrie Hype, Ryan Sayeed, Tony X, Jester, Young Chow, and of course, the man himself, DJ Private Ryan. The next Soca Brainwash instalment takes place in Barbados as CropOver excitement takes centre stage.

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Entertainment Website, TMZ Bashed for Insensitivity In Reporting Kobe Bryant’s Death.

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The rush by media outlets to be “first” is proving to be a problem. Even as investigators scrambled to the scene of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of nine persons in Los Angeles on Sunday, US media outlet, TMZ had been informing the world that basketball star, and father of four, Kobe Bryant had been killed. The rush to be first is now being criticised, with several people in authority lamenting the fact that family members may not have been given the news just one hour after the incident had taken place. TMZ had however broken the story, sending the world into a state of shock.

TMZ’s Harvey Levin

The media outlet was criticised by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who told reporters, “It would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one … perished and you learn about it from TMZ.” He said TMZ had posted the story a little more than one hour after police said they received reports of a downed aircraft.

Los Angeles County Undersheriff Tim Murakami also criticised TMZ in a tweet. “I am saddened that I was gathering facts as a media outlet reported … Kobe had passed,” Murakami wrote. “I understand getting the scoop but please allow us time to make personal notifications to their loved ones. It’s very cold to hear of the loss via media. Breaks my heart.”

Kobe Bryant leaves to mourn, his wife Vanessa Bryant and three other daughters.

What are your thoughts? Do you think it was insensitive for TMZ to run with the report before ensuring family members had been notified or do you think it goes with the territory?

Was TMZ Wrong for Running the Story on Kobe's death before confirming the family Had been notified?

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Koffee Thanks Reggae Veterans in Grammy Acceptance Speech. WATCH VIDEO.

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Gratitude is a must. Nineteen year old Mikayla Simpson, the artist many know simply as Koffee, has made history, having won her first Grammy Award at the age of 19. She is the youngest Caribbean entertainer in history, to do so.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony took place on Sunday night at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. Koffee, the Jamaican reggae artist behind a number of positive hit singles, such as ‘Rapture’, ‘Toast’, ‘ Legend’ and ‘Raggamuffin’, was awarded the Grammy in the Best Reggae Album category.

The category included the following nominees:

  • Julian Marley – As I Am
  • Sly & Robbie- The Final Battle: Sly & Robbie vs Roots Radics 
  • Steel Pulse- Mass Manipulation
  • Third World -More Work to be Done.

In a social media post following the win, Koffee wrote: “Congratulations to my fellow nominees and to everyone who contributed to this, my first [Grammy Award] for my EP, Rapture!!! Thank You!!!!”

Caribbean entertainers and supporters of Caribbean culture from around the world have congratulated the young entertainer, many saying that the artist has made the Caribbean proud.

Take a look at Kofee’s acceptance speech, made on Sunday night.

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